My debut essay collection, Be with Me Always, will be published by the University of Nebraska Press on 1 March 2019 and is available for pre-order now.
Reading dates are below.
About the Book
“Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you,” Heathcliff begs his dead Cathy in Wuthering Heights. He wants to be haunted—he insists on it. Randon Billings Noble does too. Instead of exorcising the ghosts of her past, she hopes for their cold hands to knock at the window, hopes for them to linger. Be with Me Always is a collection of essays that explore hauntedness, not through conventional ghost stories but by considering the way the ghosts of our pasts cling to our imaginations.
In a way, all good essays are about the things that haunt us, that get under our skin and into our minds and won’t leave until we have at least in some small way embraced or understood them. Here, Noble considers the ways she has been haunted—by a near-death experience, the gaze of a nude model, thoughts of widowhood, Anne Boleyn’s violent death, a book she can’t stop reading, a past lover who shadows her thoughts—in essays both pleasant and bitter, traditional and lyrical, but always evocative and unforgettable.
- Politics and Prose, Washington, DC – Saturday 9 March 2019 at 6pm
- Why There Are Words series at Trade and Lore, Asheville, NC – Thursday 18 April 2019
- Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC – Friday 19 April at 7pm
- Why There Are Words series at the White Whale, Pittsburgh, PA – Saturday 25 May 2019